Montgomery, Ala.--Already one of the top players in the country for the 2016 recruiting class, talented defender Lyndell Wilson
from Carver High School is stepping into a leadership role for Coach Billy Gresham and the Wolverines this year following a stellar sophomore season.
A physical defensive end that will likely transition to outside linebacker on the next level, Wilson said for him it’s still a work in progress on that side of the ball after playing mostly offense early in his high school career.
“The most improvement I have made was really just changing from offense to defense full-time,” Wilson said. “My ninth grade year I was at Robert E. Lee as a quarterback. I got to Carver and coach asked me where I was comfortable. I just told him to put me wherever I would help the team the most.
“That wound up being linebacker. I worked at it, but when I first got out there I didn’t look as good. I just kept working in the weight room and listening to what Shaun Hamilton had to tell me. I thank him because he helped me become a better player.”
With Hamilton moving on the Wolverines will count on Wilson to take over the role as playmaker for the defense, but he won’t be alone. Also a big-time 2016 defender, Marlon Davidson made the move from Greenville to Carver and will be playing alongside his good friend. Gresham said the duo should be fun to watch this season and will give the rest of his team more opportunities to catch the attention of college coaches.
“I just like the intensity and level of competition,” Gresham said. “As a team we felt really good about our defensive line, but then you get a kid of that caliber move in for us, he’s phenomenal from what I have seen in the few days practicing with him. It should bring a lot of attention to the school and the other guys. He’s bringing his schools that are looking at him and Lyndell has those looking at him. It’s creating an opportunity for someone else.”
Lyndell Wilson is an impressive junior for Carver
Those opportunities are already far and wide for Wilson. Already with offers from Auburn, Alabama and several others, he said at the moment his focus is on improving as a player, but sees plenty to like about the Tigers and Crimson Tide.
“Auburn, I like how the players bond with each other to where it’s like they are brothers,” Wilson said. “I like the atmosphere at Auburn and how everything is so hyped up on gameday. I also like how the coaches have fun.
“At Alabama I just know Coach Saban is all about structure and discipline,” Wilson said. “If you’re doing wrong he’s going to get you. Shaun Hamilton always tells me about the academics and going to class and how football will come.”
With still two seasons left before he has to worry about college football, Wilson said he’s excited about his development as a player heading into the 2014 season. As for his coach, Gresham said he’s excited about what he’s seen from his star from a leadership and maturity standpoint.
“He’s more comfortable out there with everything,” Gresham said. “He’s a very intelligent football player. That’s one of the things that is underrated about him, he really understands the game. You can see it because he’s getting guys lined up and making sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to do defensively. I think you’ll see a big difference this year from what he did last year. I think he’ll have a big year.”
2016 prospect Lyndell Wilson talks about getting ready for his junior season, the recruiting process, and much more.